The Hunger Games: Part II!

I went to Carlow last Saturday for a few days, to see Nicky and to watch him getting his “male vocalist of the year award” at the second annual Leinster
Entertainment Awards in Kildare. The award is very cool!
I also got a chance to hear Darragh playing in a session for the first time on Saturday, and he was great! In between that, Nicky and I went to watch The
Hunger games on Sunday evening. We’d been reading the book at the same time but he hadn’t seen it, and O.J and I didn’t see any harm in going again. What’s
the worst that could happen?

The staff in the cinema were very helpful, getting us food and bringing us to our seats. A bit of popcorn got spilled when we were walking up the steps,
and the staff member guiding us refilled it, no problem.
The problem came over an hour later, when O.J threw up in the middle of the film. He must have quickly eaten a tiny bit since i didn’t even feel his head
moving towards the ground. It was saulted, and far too saulty for me, so I can’t imagine what it would do to a dog’s insides. I cleaned up as best I could
with an empty sweet packet and cardboard drink cup. I thought about letting O.J be sick into the popcorn container but wasn’t sure if Nicky was finished
eating. He’d surprisingly never tasted popcorn before so I didn’t want to spoil his fun by taking it away when it wasn’t finished. Needless to say, he
didn’t exactly feel like eating any more after that!

I had to sit through the final hour of the film smelling O.J’s dinner, while he lay disgusted with himself, as far away from it as he could get. The staff
member who came to bring us out of the cinema was great about it all, and told me she would sort it when I asked for something to clean it with and offered
to do it myself.
The funny thing was that I actually wasn’t as embarrassed as I thought I’d be. If O.J had done that a couple of years ago I’d probably have left the cinema
as quickly as I could!

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is probably the biggest topic of conversation in the film world at the moment. Usually I’m not interested in the hype around films, but this was one I definitely wanted to see.

I first became aware of the book at a gig last October, when Glen Hansard performed a song he’d wrote for the film. He talked about how good the book was and how Cato, one of the characters had inspired the song. He’s one of those people who talks so enthusiastically about something that it would make you want to check it out. I was fascinated by the concept of 24 teenagers in an arina fighting for survival, but only began listening to the audiobook last week. I started on Monday night and finished it on Friday, and I’m reading the second part of the trilogy now.

I took my thirteen-year-old nephew to see it and he said it was one of the best films he’s ever seen. It was very visual, so I wouldn’t have enjoyed it much if I hadn’t read the book first. Jack didn’t have to explain it all to me which was good for him.
Surprisingly this was my first time taking O.J to the cinema. Maybe he was there with his puppywalker before, but when I go I always go with friends. We made sure to get into the cinema early, and a member of staff carried in our popcorn, drinks and icecream while Jack helped me. They offered O.J water and told us to let them know if we needed anything. Apart from scaring the life out of a boy who stood on him, O.J was great, and just lay down during the film. We got the bus home after, which is something O.J has done a lot more than Jack has. It was nice to still bring O.J to new places, even after almost five years of owning him.

I’d definitely recommend the film, but I would recommend reading the book first if you can.